Being an ESL teacher abroad is hard work. Aside from the regular challenges of teaching, you’re often navigating new cultures, languages, and social norms. But after surviving a few school years, you can sit back and appreciate the benefits of your persistence.
Here are 8 superpowers only teachers abroad have.
1. The ability to speak every version of English.
English is not simply English, of course. In England alone, there are roughly 30 different dialects to decipher. Now add in all the accents in other English-speaking countries, plus the accents of non-native speakers, and you have a lot to master. But after years of listening to people from numerous cultures, your keen ears can defy any accent or dialect imaginable. Even if every other word is mispronounced, you still understand.